Beat The Backlist: challenge update

I signed up for this challenge a while ago and as expected I haven’t really been reading my to- be- read- books from my Backlist. These are the books I’ve read so far that can count towards the Backlist challenge:

  1. Uncommon type by Tom Hanks( ninja book swap)
  2. Thin Air by Michelle Paver ( recent/first book fairy)
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (reread, readalong)
  4. Affinity by Sarah Waters (actual tbr book!)
  5. Good Wives by Sarah Waters (reread, readalong)
  6. Raven Black by Anne Cleeves tbr
  7. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs tbr
  8. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (felt like it)
  9. Dead Of Winter by Geri Brightwell (Ninjabookbox)
  10. Anne of Green Gables (not a tbr but a read along)

The challenge was to help me to widdle down my to -be- read list and then possibly make space for more books. But of the 14 books I have finished this year, only 5 are actually from my tbr list, these are the ones I’ve marked in red. The other 5 in this list are those books I’ve acquired this year or the classic read-a-long I joined in with on readitswapit forum.

Here I got a bit baffled with my Goodreads saying I had read 15 books, it counted The Two Towers which I’d started reading last year and finished in January. And then there’s Sarah Millican’s book which I started reading in December I think so haven’t counted it either.

I could not stop myself from requesting ARCs from Netgalley and for joining a blog tour:

  1. The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan (review here)
  2. The Stranger by Kate Riordan (review here)
  3. Amy Cole Has Lost Her Mind by Elizabeth McGiven (upcoming blog tour)riginally on writing this post and lately I have felt so disapointed in myself for not actually reading from my to-be-read list

Lately I have felt so disapointed in myself for not actually reading from my to-be-read list yeah, I do that but after looking over the books I’ve read for this year to write this post I realised how much I’d achieved.

I have read about 3 books every month since Febuary and I’ve read 5 backlist books, so it works out about 1 a month. I should be happy with how many books I’ve managed to read. I am 🙂

But now I have to get back to my Backlist! I have an ARC I am almost finished (The Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan) and another to start reading on Netgalley (but since the review is not until August I might leave it for the moment).

So once I have finished this book-hopefully today- I will start another backlist book. And get back on track, trying not to request anymore ARCs at least for the moment.

You maybe be thinking, why are you making yourself read all the books, they will still be there when you want to read them it’s because I have this habit of buying books and never getting around to read them and I want to! I want to be able to get to a point where I need to buy books because I’ve read them all (I‘m laughing at myself because this may never happen) and have the joy of buying a book again because I want to and need to.

I don’t want to be continually impulse buying books and not reading them, or saying yes, that’s on my bookshelf waiting to be read. So I am going to widdle my list down so at the end of this year I can be happy that I have read a lot of books I actually meant and needed to read.

You can join the Backlist anytime this year, so if you’re interested here’s the link

What book from my Backlist do you think I should read next? Poll on twitter ending this afternoon (7th May)  you can find my backlist here  on my original Beat The Backlist post/page 🙂

If you are already doing the challenge, how you’ve been doing? Apologies to my fellow Dewey Dragons, I will be getting back to it and joining the chat again 🙂 It feels good to be getting back to it 🙂


Thanks for reading 🙂


15 thoughts on “Beat The Backlist: challenge update”

  1. I am the same as you I get giddy on netgalley and keep requesting books and signing up for tours! I have thousands on my goodreads tbr list I am going to have to start to read them soon!

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  2. I have given up on ever reading all the books on my TBR list. For every one I read or decide to take off, I add three more. I do try read one book I own for every library book I read, whittling down both piles/lists. At least a little. 🙂

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  3. Dewey Dragons represent!
    I have also been having a bit of trouble balancing my ARCs and backlist books, and I hbope to get a bit better at that this month… but with my 5 day reading slump I am not so hopeful. *cry*

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    1. I hate reading slumps, I try and read an old favourite or something lighthearted and fun to get over it. Or even something I wouldn’t usually read.


    1. I have some books I can’t get in the mood to read but want to read to get shelf space. Hmmm idea for a blog post anyway


  4. I think you’re off to a pretty good start, but I know what you mean about being somewhat disappointed with the progress because I need to get back on track with my backlist reading too. I got off to a pretty good start the two months of the year, reading 12 of my backlisted books, but have only read 1 more since then because I had a bunch of ARCs to get through and review. My goal for the year is 30 though so it’s still doable if I get my butt in gear. We can do this!

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